WINNIPEG — This year’s Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel is honouring the late John Candy.
The legendary Canadian comedian died in 1994 from a heart attack, but his body of work still loves on among fans worldwide.
Tournament organizers say funds raised from the three-day bonspiel will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Candy’s name.
The annual event has been held on the river for the past 18 years, but conditions this season have pushed it to be played on eight sheets of ice created in Memorial Park.
Highlights of the 2020 bonspiel include the introduction by the Candy family and John Candy movies to be shown during the bonspiel.
The event has raised more than $117,00 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation since it began.
Registration for the bonspiel, being held February 7-9, is open until Friday, January 31 ironmancurling.com. Organizers have a goal of registering 72 teams. Current registrants include teams from Alberta, Saskatchewan, California, New Zealand and a Special Olympics curling team.
The event is free for the public to watch.